Jonathan Pielmayer (public domain)
- Snap beans are ready to pick in 45 to 60 days, but don’t let the seeds in the pods get too big.
- Chili peppers need a little more time to ripen than bell peppers. Give chili peppers about 85 days and bell peppers about 75 before picking them.
- Harvest established asparagus plants in the spring. Cut spears off at the ground when they’re as thick as a pencil or about 8 inches tall.
- Take your head of broccoli to the table when it’s 4 to 6 inches in diameter. It’ll taste best if harvested before buds start to flower, which is typically at 55 to 60 days.
- Sow carrot seeds in early spring. Plant a new crop every few weeks for a continuous harvest. It’ll be about 55 to 80 days until you can take a bite.
- Pick Brussels sprouts when they’re about 1 inch in diameter and before the leaves turn yellow, about 90 days after planting.
- Be sure to do some research on the type of cucumbers you’re growing. Depending on variety, it can take from 50 to 100 days for them to be ready for harvest.